Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lenten Vows

Today is Ash Wednesday. The first day of Lent. You know, when Jesus goes to the desert and doesn’t eat and gets tempted by Senor The Devil for forty days and nights? Right before Easter? Well that’s what happened. Anyways, in honor of Jesus’ struggle out in the desert, we (of the Christian community) think that we should also struggle, so we give things up or take them on as necessary, like cigarettes, alcohol or rollerblading are all great examples of giving up and reading the Bible would be a taking on. This year I am giving up/taking on (depending on how you look at it) a lot of things. Here is my list:
1. Taking on The Gym. This can be a very scary thing, but I hear it is good for you. Somehow I do not see how sweat will release endorphins and make you happy, but I suppose I will find out. I’ll let you know if the rumors are a lie.
2. Taking on Church. I already go most Sunday’s. But I plan on going every Sunday, plus Youth Group. Which is not something I particularly enjoy, but apparently this is also good for you. Well, maybe not you, but me. Plus, my late friend Ryan was very into church and I think he would like me to go more.
3. Giving up Candy. This is a very sad thing, because I do love lollipops. A lot. But it wouldn’t be a Christ-like struggle without giving up the pops.
4. Taking on Cleaning. But just my room. Don’t want to take on too much all at once, sorry Mom. =)
5. Taking on Writing. Lots of it. More of the Blog, journal, notes, whatever. I’m actually finding out that I like it way more than I thought. Under certain circumstances. Such as, it cannot be graded, it cannot be assigned, and it cannot come with a rubric.
6. Taking on Brushing The Dogs. This one is for you Mom! And Bubba and Yappy. YAY for less sweeping, hopefully.
7. Taking on Yoga. I’ve discovered it is very peaceful and comforting.
8. Taking on At Home Homework. As in, doing homework at home and not in school the day it is due. Which is a terrible, awful habit to be in. I should be ashamed. I am a little bit. Speaking of, I actually should go and do that.
Kwa Heli!

(PS. Kwa heli means buh-bye in Swahili.)


  1. Feeling a little guilty here, as I had not made any plans for giving up or taking on for Lent 2009. My denomination isn't big on that sort of thing, although our pastor is sending out a daily e-mail devotion for the 40 days of Lent.
    Hmmmm...I'll have to consider this for a while.

  2. I miss you my funny sister-like niece!

  3. I'm with you on the rubric--as a future teacher I have very mixed feelings about the rubric. Also, I would steer away from willingly writing any 5-paragraph essays!

  4. Kwa Heli!!!!!!!!!! you are taking on so much! I'm exhausted! I think you might need a clone! But as they say.. nothing ventured, nothing gained. Or... as they say in Swahili.. Hakuna Matata. Okay so that's not really the same.

  5. That's quite a Lentin load you piled on yourself there, my petit pipsqueak. I will be rooting for you to keep it up. I went simple and gave up cigarettes, rollerblading and ice cream although I guess I would have had to actually done something in order to give it up so really, I'm just giving up ice cream. It might sound easy but it's tough since they have a Baskin Robbins ice cream bar here that I can just take advantage of after lunch or dinner. Plus, they have nuts, whomping cream and hot fudge as toppings. So you see, it's not so very easy to give it up. Dad